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Democrat-led New Mexico delves into political redistricting

Dec. 06, 2021 20:52 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to draw new political maps in New Mexico began in earnest Monday as a Democrat-led Legislature convened a special legislative session on redistricting. States must redraw their congressional districts every 10 years to reflect new population numbers....

Democrat-led New Mexico delves into political redistricting

Dec. 06, 2021 17:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to draw new political maps in New Mexico began in earnest Monday as a Democrat-led Legislature convened a special legislative session on redistricting. States must redraw their congressional districts every 10 years to reflect new population numbers....

New Mexico National Guard adjutant general set to retire

Dec. 04, 2021 15:45 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico National Guard's top uniformed general is stepping down. Maj. Gen. Kenneth Nava announced Friday his last day as the state adjutant general before retiring will be Dec. 31. Nava will have...

Details of teacher raise proposal emerge in New Mexico

Dec. 03, 2021 18:40 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top educator says a staffing crisis is the top problem facing public schools. On Friday, the state's education secretary shared details of a $200 million plan to increase teacher salaries by at least 7%, part of a budget proposal to...

Windfall boosts chances of New Mexico pay raises, policing

Dec. 03, 2021 16:16 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico government economists on Friday announced a new surge in state income as legislators consider proposals to raise pay for public school teachers, a possible hiring spree for local police officers and new efforts to bolster essential public services amid the...

New Mexico approves public financing for cannabis businesses

Dec. 03, 2021 00:24 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will provide business loans of up to $250,00 toward small-scale cannabis businesses in an effort to provide economic opportunity to communities that were hit hard by past criminal enforcement of marijuana laws. The Regulation and...

Majority-minority state redraws political map, alliances

Dec. 02, 2021 20:03 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Political boundaries are being redrawn by New Mexico's Democrat-led Legislature in a sparsely populated state where Hispanics and Native Americans account for roughly six in 10 residents. The Legislature convenes Monday at noon to forge new...

New Mexico study highlights growing dependence on oil sector

Dec. 01, 2021 22:51 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A study commissioned by a coalition of oil and natural gas businesses in New Mexico indicates that state and local governments are more reliant than ever before on the industry to pay for basic public services including public education, amid efforts by elected...

New Mexico governor seeks pay increase for public schools

Dec. 01, 2021 18:30 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday she will pursue a 7% pay increase for educators and staff at K-12 public schools as well as higher minimum salaries for teachers at various career stages. The proposal would boost salaries for more...

New Mexico unwavering on film incentives after set fatality

Nov. 23, 2021 20:38 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators expressed nearly unfettered support for state tax incentives to the film industry at a pubic hearing on Tuesday, in the wake of the shooting death last month of a cinematographer from gunfire on the set of a western movie production. ...